Child-Designed Playground will Eventually Serve 15,000 Children and
HOUSTON, May 21, 2011 /CNW/ - Children in North Houston received a brand
new playground today thanks to the effort of more than 200 volunteers
from ForestersTM, a life insurance provider committed to the well-being of families, the
Aldine Independent School District and non-profit KaBOOM!. The new
playground will serve 15,000 children and their families in the local
community for years to come. Planning for the playground began at a
Design Day event held in March when local children and community
leaders met with organizers from KaBOOM! and Foresters to design their
dream playground. The children's drawings were then used to create the
final playground design.
"Foresters shares its financial strength with its members and
communities where they live, such as Houston," said Bruce Burak
Foresters National Sales Manager. "Playgrounds are an ideal place for
families to get to know other families and build strong communities.
This new playground at Carter Academy will provide opportunities
families to spend quality time together for years to come."
Foresters has invested over $3 million with KaBOOM! to build 36
playgrounds across North America since 2006. These playgrounds will
eventually serve more than 575,000 children, providing them and their
families with a place where they can play, learn and have fun together.
The playground at Carter Academy will provide 15,000 children and their
families in the local community with a great place to play and engage
in healthy family time. In less than eight hours, the child-designed
playground was built from scratch by hundreds of volunteers from
Foresters, Aldine Independent School District and the surrounding
community. In addition, children and families spent the day playing
games and participating in arts and crafts activities.
"We continue to strive to create a campus that provides for the needs of
its students and the community members in our area," said Lee Wold, the
Building Principal. "Our focus has been, and will continue to be based
upon the belief that we will do whatever is necessary to promote a
positive relationship with all of our stakeholders."
Thanks to the work of Foresters, Aldine Independent School District and
KaBOOM!, children and their families now have a 2,500 square-foot
playground to call home that includes features such as Sky Swivels, a
Solar Climber and a Zigzag Slide.
About Carter Academy/Aldine Independent School District
The Aldine Independent School District is a school district in located
in the northern portion of Harris County. The district serves the
diverse needs of its community with pride and excellence. Aldine ISD
offers a magnet program that includes 21 different academies with
themes that include Performing Arts, Science and Engineering,
International Baccalaureate, Foreign Languages, and many more. In 2009,
Aldine won the distinguished Broad Prize for Urban Education and was a
finalist in the years 2004, 2005, and 2008. In 2008, Aldine was awarded
the H-E-B Excellence in Education award.
The Lola Mae Carter Academy for the Performing Arts is part of the
magnet program in Aldine Independent School District. When you walk
into this building you will hear singing, talking, and laughter. Carter
Academy is a school that knows the needs of its individual community
and rises to meet those needs. Our students and staff have earned a
"Recognized" rating from the Texas Education Agency every year since
2003. Carter also garnered the highest rating that can be achieved by
earning an "Exemplary" rating for the 2008 - 2009 school year. The
teachers and staff are consistently and constantly committed to doing
whatever it takes to make sure each of our students leaves our
elementary campus prepared to be contributing members of society as
well as with the expectation to enter a four year college upon
graduation from high school. At Carter Academy our motto is: "Writing
success stories…one student at a time, for every one of our
students! Failure is not an option!"
Founded in 1874 as a fraternal benefit society, ForestersTM champions the well-being of families through quality life insurance,
unique member benefits and inspiring community activities. Foresters
shares its financial strength with more than 835,000ˆ members in the
United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Unity Life of Canada‡, a wholly owned subsidiary of Foresters, represents Foresters in
Canada. For more information, please visit www.foresters.com.
ForestersTM is a trademark of The Independent Order of Foresters, a fraternal
benefit society, Toronto, Canada M3C 1T9.
ˆIncludes total number of UK Child Trust accounts
‡ Unity Life of Canada, a Foresters company, is a wholly owned subsidiary
of The Independent Order of Foresters
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to saving play. Children
today spend less time playing outdoors than any previous generation, a
fact that is having disastrous consequences on their health,
achievement levels, and overall well-being. To fight this Play Deficit,
social entrepreneur Darell Hammond founded non-profit KaBOOM! 15 years
ago in Washington, D.C. with a vision of creating a great place to play
within walking distance of every child in America. Since then, KaBOOM!
has mapped over 85,000 places to play, built almost 2,000 playgrounds,
and successfully advocated for play policies in hundreds of cities
across the country. KaBOOM! also provides communities with online tools
to self-organize and take action to support play on both a local and
national level. Hammond chronicles the founding of the organization and
the importance of the cause of play in his The New York Times Best Seller KaBOOM!: How One Man Built a Movement to Save Play. The book details how businesses and communities can work together to
save play for children across the country. All author proceeds support
KaBOOM!. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., KaBOOM! also has offices in
Chicago and San Mateo, Calif. For more information, visit www.kaboom.org.
For further information:
Mike Keeney, Aldine ISD Public Information Office, 281-985-6213, email@example.com
Ryan Jones, Foresters, 1-800-461-8431 x4096, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Vietti, KaBOOM!, 785-320-2137, email@example.com